Frank Gaffney
Among Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld?s many contributions to the conduct and character of American security policy was his introduction last year of the term ?New Europe.? With just two words, he deftly parried those who inveighed against U.S. action in Iraq absent Franco-German approval by observing that the French and Germans (together with their poodles, the Belgians and Luxemburgois) do not speak for all Europeans ? and most especially not for those Central and East European newcomers to freedom, who remembered all too well the Saddam-like totalitarianism of the Soviet Empire.

This indisputable fact prompted outrage and protests from Paris and Berlin and scorn from U.S. press and intellectual elites. John Kerry seems to have it in mind when he engages in mantra-like repetition of his charge that the Bush Administration?s foreign policy is ?the most arrogant? in memory. Yet, the discomfort Secretary Rumsfeld caused seemed to delight most Americans, only too pleased to have an opportunity to twit the sanctimonious Old Europeans and their devotees.

Unfortunately, Old Europe is poised to have the last laugh. The European Union is about to foist a draft constitution on all of its New European members and Great Britain that will virtually ensure that, from now on, the French and Germans will be able, among other things, to enforce a single foreign and defense policy. Inevitably, the party line will more closely resemble their anti-American predilections than the trans-Atlantic reflexes of our traditional and new-found friends there.

Events of the past few days illustrate what is at stake. On Friday, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair once again illustrated just how special is the British-American ?special relationship.? He stood literally shoulder-to-shoulder with President Bush after a White House meeting to reaffirm Britain?s commitment to the War on Terror and its resolution to see it through to a successful conclusion, in Iraq and elsewhere, come what may.

Contrast that with Socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero?s statement Sunday upon assuming the powers of Spain?s prime minister, made possible by the deadly March 11 terrorist attacks in Madrid. The premier established that the ranks of Old Europe would be swollen, and New Europe?s depleted, as Zapatero?s government would implement his campaign promise to remove all Spanish troops from Iraq ?in the shortest possible time.?


Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
 
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